Jimmy Butler is the key to Miami Heat’s success this season and they need him on the court to increase chances of winning this NBA Finals. But with his ankle injury in Game 1, things got out of hand for the Heat, and got defeated 116-98 to the Lakers.
The Finals started on an upsetting note for Jimmy Butler and Co. While Lakers were terrific with their performance, Heat fell short of their key players after numerous injuries.
Butler suffered an ankle injury, late in the second quarter. But he continued his contributions on the court, recording 23 points, five assists, and two rebounds in approximately 30 minutes of gameplay. Moreover, he was dropping 8-of-13 buckets from the field that added to a great FG% for the star player.
Miami’s Jimmy Butler says nobody cares about the injuries unless you deliver
The moment Butler started limping in the middle of Game 1, Heat fans knew, it was a bad day for them. To add to their disappointment, Bam Adebayo went to the locker room in the third quarter after getting a left shoulder strain and Goran Dragic followed him with a foot injury.
Three players hurt, and Miami got dominated by LeBron James and the Lakers in the entire second half.
Moving into Game 2, Butler spoke about his injury updates and it seems like a green signal for the upcoming series. When asked about how he copes up on playing along with the pain, Butler said, “Just find a way to win when it comes to it. If you can go, try to go. If you can’t, you just can’t. That’s just the way that the game goes sometimes.”
As far as I am right now, I’m okay. It’s like I always say, nobody cares, as long as I suit up and go out there and compete. I’m expected to produce and try to help win. If I suit up, which I will, we got to win the game.”
That sounds like a relief to all the Miami supporters. It hasn’t been an easy journey for the East champions and after getting this far, it would be unfair if injuries held them back.
Having Butler back is a good sign, but updates on Dragic and Adebayo are still pending. Let’s see if this series turns out to be a tight one or a one-sided affair.